Chair and Department Executive Officer

Ali JabbariThank you for your interest in the Residency Program in the Department of Dermatology at University of Iowa Health Care. We are deeply committed to training the next generation of dermatologists. The scope of training that our residents receive is comprehensive and includes immersive clinical experiences in medical dermatology, inpatient consultations, procedural dermatology/Mohs, pediatric dermatology, cosmetics and dermatopathology. Our graduates are exceedingly well-prepared to be successful in any chosen career path within medicine, thanks to the unique and special opportunities provided by our program.

Our department is firmly devoted to excellence in dermatology education. Our faculty are outstanding role models for compassionate patient care who provide specialized expertise across a broad spectrum of dermatologic disease. Towards this end, our faculty provide supervision with graduated autonomy that nurtures competence and confidence in our residents while providing the best care to our patients.

Our Department has state-of-the-art facilities that are available for patient care, education, and research. At the main medical center of University of Iowa Health Care, Dermatology patients are seen in a spacious clinical setting on the third floor of the Pomerantz Family Pavilion (PFP). Immediately above this area is the administrative space, which includes offices for our faculty and administrative personnel as well as a recently renovated resident room with dedicated workstations/offices for each resident and fellow. Residents also rotate through the Iowa City VA Medical Center, located across the street from the main University of Iowa Health Care campus, where all of our senior residents serve as Chief Resident of the VA during their third year of training. Departmental research is conducted in dedicated spaces within the Marshall Laboratories for Dermatology Research, the University of Iowa Clinical Research Unit, and the clinical space in PFP.

Research opportunities in the department span clinical, translational, and basic science research on dermatological disorders. Our work is funded by a range of sponsors including the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Defense, among others. Based on individual interests, there are abundant opportunities for residents to become involved in research during their residency training. Moreover, there are specific programs sponsored by UIHC, including the Physician Scientist Training Program, that provide protected periods of time for research for residents pursuing an Investigative Training Track Pathway offered by the American Board of Dermatology.

I would be remiss if I did not mention the outstanding training our residents get in procedural dermatology, Mohs, and dermatopathology. The training our residents receive with our dermatologic surgeons is, I think, unparalleled among dermatology residency programs, as these rotations are focused and intensive. The same is true of the training our residents receive in dermatopathology; our residents operate in the same fashion as dermatopathology fellows at other institutions.

I would like to emphasize what truly sets our Residency Program apart: the sense of community and collaboration that thrives within our Department. Our residents and faculty share not just a commitment to excellence in dermatology but also a deep bond of camaraderie and mutual support. It's this unique atmosphere of collaboration and mentorship that truly defines the spirit of our program.

Thank you for considering the Residency Program in the Department of Dermatology at University of Iowa Health Care. We invite you to explore the many opportunities that our program has to offer and join us in shaping the future of dermatology. We look forward to welcoming the next generation of dermatologists to our department, where we're not just training doctors but nurturing leaders in the field. If you are seeking a dynamic, enriching, and collegial experience for your dermatology residency, we believe you will find your home here at the University of Iowa.